Today in the Bloggernacle: Making history with a church library catalog

Published: Friday, June 22 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Library catalog: After a year in beta testing, the online LDS Church History Library Catalog is now live. Check out this amazing resource-filled site, which includes thousands of searchable images in the church history collections and thousands of digitized family history books, and early publications and photographs. And that’s just a taste of what you’ll find by clicking in and exploring this fantastic open catalog today!

History conference: In just one week, I will be attending the annual Mormon History Association Conference, and I am excited to bring Mormon Times readers reports from what looks to be some fascinating presentations. This year, as the Juvenile Instructor blog explains, you can follow the conference via Twitter using the hashtag #mha2012. Very cool!

Missionary horse: In Mormon history, there are not a lot of famous horses that come to mind besides the famous sculpture of Joseph Smith astride Old Charlie. So I loved this story of President Wilford Woodruff who circuit rode around Tennessee and Kentucky on “Jude the Mormon Missionary Horse.” Here’s a bit why this horse was special: “(Then-Elder) Woodruff grew close to the horse, and he spoke and wrote of it fondly. Once when crossing a flooded river, the horse became snagged on a submerged tree. Risking his own life, (Elder Woodruff) stayed with the horse until he was able to get him loose. The two swam to shore separately, the horse making it to shore first where it waited for him.” Unfortunately, there is a tragic ending to Jude, who became known as the Mormon Missionary Horse.

Mormon miracle: It’s that time of year, when thousands of Mormons descend on the quiet town of Manti, Utah, to watch the “Mormon Miracle Pageant.” Did you know that in the 40-plus years of holding the pageant, there have been 4.5 million in attendance? Plus, more than 650 cast members, more than 500 in support staff and upwards to 100,000 people per year attend. It’s going on for the next few weeks, so check it out!

Emily W. Jensen updates "Today in the Bloggernacle" on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended "Bloggernacle Back Bench" appears on Tuesdays. Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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